Date Time Competition Season
1 January 2023 5:15 pm United Rugby Championship 2022/23

Match Report

Healy steals late win for Munster in URC

Ben Healy came off the bench to score a last-gasp, match-winning try as Munster snatched the Interprovincial bragging rights in a dramatic finale in Belfast.

The whirlwind conclusion saw the ultimate contrast of emotions as Munster gave themselves a huge boost of finishing in the URC top eight whilst Ulster digested what is now a worrying fourth loss in five games.

Ulster began the sharper of the sides, the returning Jacob Stockdale almost set Duane Vermeulen away, but their possession was rewarded when Cooney opened the scoring with a penalty after fifteen minutes.

Munster were causing their own problems with their set pieces malfunctioning horribly in the first half.  Cooney punished their sloppiness with another two penalties to make it 9-0.

Marty Moore departed on a stretcher in an unfortunate looking injury.  Munster got the bit between their teeth and attacked strongly; hooker Tom Stewart saw yellow for Ulster, but the hosts somehow held off the attacking siege thrown at them.

The second half started as the first ended with Graham Rowntree’s side pummelling at their hosts.  Gavin Coombes instigated it with a rampaging run and from the resulting phases, scrum half, Paddy Patterson sniped and sprinted over from close range to make it a four-point match, 9-5.

Wastefulness was the theme of the day as both sides squandered decent attacking positions but that was forgotten when a sublime, curling pass from Stuart McCloskey found Baloucoune out wide and the winger applied the afterburners to finish smartly in the corner.  Nathan Doak, wide with the difficult conversion.

Healy, whose introduction saw Jack Crowley return to centre, notched a super pressure penalty in the seventy-third minute allowing Munster to go hell-for-leather for a try that would snatch victory.

And it duly arrived with the clock about to tick in red.  Crowley surged through a flailing defence, Munster’s forwards patiently worked by the space and Healy battered his way across the try-line to stun the Kingspan crowd.

His conversion, from under the nose of the posts, was never in doubt and Munster could savour a one-point, comeback for the ages.  14-15 to the away side as it was in Thomond earlier this season, this was an engrossing start to the URC in 2023.


15Stewart Moore 16 Full-Back
14Robert Baloucoune Winger 67'
13Stuart McCloskey Centre
12James Hume Centre
11Jacob Stockdale 23 Winger
10Billy Burns 22 Fly-Half
9John Cooney 21 Scrum-Half 15', 19', 24'
1Rory Sutherland 17 Prop
2Tom Stewart 16 Hooker 34'
3Marty Moore 18 Prop
4Kieran Treadwell 19 Lock
5Iain Henderson Lock
6Greg Jones 20 Flanker
7Sean Reffell Flanker
8Duane Vermeulen Loose Forwards
16John Andrew 2 Hooker
17Eric O’Sullivan 1 Prop
18Gareth Milasinovich 3 Prop
19Sam Carter 4 Lock
20Jordi Murphy 6 Flanker
21Nathan Doak 9 Scrum-Half
22Jake Flannery 10 Fly-Half
23Ethan McIlroy 11 Winger


15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Shane Daly Winger
13Antoine Frisch Centre
12Malakai Fekitoa 22 Centre
11Keith Earls 23 Winger
10Jack Crowley Fly-Half
9Patrick Patterson 21 Scrum-Half 43'
1Dave Kilcoyne 17 Prop
2Niall Scannell 16 Hooker
3Roman Salanoa 18 Prop
4Jean Kleyn Lock
5Kiran McDonald Lock
6Jack O’Donoghue Flanker
7Alex Kendellen Flanker
8Gavin Coombes No. 8
16Scott Buckley 2 Hooker
17Josh Wycherley 1 Prop
18Stephen Archer 3 Prop
19Cian Hurley Lock
20Jack O’Sullivan Flanker
21Conor Murray 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Healy 12 Fly-Half 80'
23Patrick Campbell 11 Full-Back

Past Meetings

(Round 7)
14 - 15
United Rugby Championship
Thomond Park

Munster v Ulster

36 - 17
United Rugby Championship
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 16)
17 - 24
United Rugby Championship
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 10)
18 - 13
United Rugby Championship
Thomond Park

Munster v Ulster

(Round 1)
5 - 50
Women's Senior Interprovincials
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster

(Round 10)
15 - 10
Kingspan Stadium

Ulster v Munster


Kingspan Stadium
Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom

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